Following Netanyahu, US Envoys Meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah

June 21, 2018
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Thursday, 21 June 2018 | A day after receiving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah met with President Donald Trump’s chief Middle East negotiators, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Tuesday.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, the administration’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, discussed “increasing cooperation between the United States and Jordan, regional issues, the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” according to a White House readout of the meeting.

The meeting between Kushner, Greenblatt and King Abdullah follows reports that the pair, who are in charge of formulating a Middle East peace plan, would consult with regional allies to help finalize the plan. Kushner and Greenblatt are expected to travel to Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia later in the week.

In his unannounced meeting with King Abdullah on Monday, Netanyahu and the king discussed “regional developments and advancing the peace process, and bilateral relations.” Netanyahu also reassured the king that Israel was committed to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu and Abdullah have met a number of times over the past nine years, sometimes publicly and sometimes privately. The latest meeting comes after the resolution of the diplomatic dispute following an attack at Israel’s embassy in Jordan in July of last year. In March of this year, Jordan approved the appointment of a new Israeli ambassador.

Posted on June 21, 2018

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 19 June 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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